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Eating Animals Audiobook

Eating Animals

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Publisher's Summary

Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency.

His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.

Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, memoir, and his own detective work, Eating Animals explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits - from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth - and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting. Marked by Foer's profound moral ferocity and unvarying generosity, as well as the vibrant style and creativity that made his previous books, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, widely loved, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we've told - and the stories we now need to tell.

©2009 Jonathan Safran Foer; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"The everyday horrors of factory farming are evoked so vividly, and the case against the people who run the system presented so convincingly, that anyone who, after reading Foer's book, continues to consume the industry's products must be without a heart, or impervious to reason, or both." (J. M. Coetzee)

"A work of moral philosophy...After reading this book, it's hard to disagree [with Foer]." (San Francisco Chronicle)

"For a hot young writer to train his sights on a subject as unpalatable as meat production and consumption takes raw nerve. What makes Eating Animals so unusual is vegetarian Foer's empathy for human meat eaters, his willingness to let both factory farmers and food reform activists speak for themselves, and his talent for using humor to sweeten a sour argument." (O, The Oprah Magazine)

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    David APO, AE, United States 07-12-13
    David APO, AE, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Rink Before You Eat"

    This book blew me away. I was already moving in the vegetarian direction because of other thing I read or watch. This book helped me move that extra way into not eating animals or fish.

    I recommend this to everyone for all the obvious reasons but beware that there are some things that might be disturbing.

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    ACO 04-01-13
    ACO 04-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must Read for everyone!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This takes off from the Righteous Porkchop by Nicolette Hahn.

    A must read for everyone who would like to know the truth about animal FACTORY farming. Whether one chooses to be a vegetarian after listening to this or simply reduces one's consumption of meat is of another matter. To be inform is a worthy goal of itself.


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    Gregory 03-24-13
    Gregory 03-24-13 Member Since 2013

    interested in medicine, fitness, and economics.

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    "Totally changed how I think about eating"

    I highly recommend this book. The author shares his journey from carnivore to vegetarian. The book is well researched, engaging, thought provoking and philosophical. He considers the issues associated with eating animals from both a cultural, ethical, and nutritious standpoint. His in depth exploration of the horrors of factory farming, both for the animals as well as for people, make the book a must read. I've always cared about animals, but this book was an eye opener for me. I didn't realize how badly we're treating food animals, nor did I fully understand the consequences to me and my family. My only complaint is that he didn't explore milk and egg production in more detail...
    The narration is great and the book is a must listen! It will give you a lot to chew on

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    "A new approach"
    Would you listen to Eating Animals again? Why?

    Yes, I found the story and the variety of the information informative and entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I suppose the author, because in a sense it was his journey.


    What does Jonathan Todd Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There is an added intensity and playfulness that keeps the listener from wondering off in thought at the mention of a concept or idea.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but in fairness I did truly appreciate a fresh approach to a stale topic.


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    Nila BRONXVILLE, NY, United States 01-19-13
    Nila BRONXVILLE, NY, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Too slow a narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    J.T.Ross has a good voice, but his narration was too slow and it made the book boring. I listen to three books per week, but I could not finish this one due to the slow narration.


    What could Jonathan Safran Foer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have a narrator that reads at an acceptable speed.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Same as above.


    What character would you cut from Eating Animals?

    Not applicable


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Roberta Rochester, NY, United States 12-09-12
    Roberta Rochester, NY, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Information everyone should know"
    If you could sum up Eating Animals in three words, what would they be?

    Very Important Information


    What did you like best about this story?

    The presentation was based very-well written, base on facts, read without emotion, and very persuasive.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Todd Ross – was your favorite?

    All were excellent. The voice of the author was my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Make your own decision after hearing the facts.

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    Ricardo Lantana, FL, United States 09-19-12
    Ricardo Lantana, FL, United States 09-19-12
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    "definitely educational and relevant"

    very important information to consider, the subject matter will make you question your ethics for a range of topics and force you to face the fact that one needs to be informed in order to make their decision.

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    Tiffany Capistrano Beach, CA, United States 09-10-12
    Tiffany Capistrano Beach, CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Turned me into a veggie!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would like everyone I know and more to read/listen to this book. It has opened my eyes to horrible world of factory farming. Although I already new a lot about the horrors I never had the "balls" to stop eating meat. After listening to this book I was kicked into gear! Not only are their moral reasons to stop eating meat, but their are health, societal, and environmental reasons.


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    Sam 07-10-12
    Sam 07-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a Youth Services Librarian at a public library and I love my job. I am also a runner and I love listening to great books while staying healthy. That's Elsie in the picture...she is my favorite running partner and typically perks her ears up during the tense portions of the books :)

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    "Can't Ignore the Facts"
    Where does Eating Animals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first non-fiction book that I have listened to, and I thought the reader was average. He made strange pauses and there was too much wait time inbetween chapters.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Todd Ross’s performance?

    Average.
    Somewhat lacking.


    Any additional comments?

    The book itself is amazing overall with the amount of facts that it holds. Foer makes some philosophical leaps that I can't hang with, but on the whole this is a book that you can't ignore and forces you to look at your moral code and decisions on a daily basis.

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    Justin Sandy Hook, CT, United States 04-29-12
    Justin Sandy Hook, CT, United States 04-29-12
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    "Turned me vegetarian"

    This book is powerful, beautifully narrated, and actually ended up starting me on a longer string of research about what it really means to be vegetarian in the 21st century. Foer has always been among my favorite authors (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close had me in tears in the first few chapters) and he made the switch from novelist to journalist extremely well. This is an important book if you want to learn more about where your meals are actually coming from. Read this book.

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